With all the struggles we’ve faced with deer management in IL, it seems that most “mainstream outdoor media” really don’t care to get involved in the real issues. Oh sure, you’ll read a few stories about EHD outbreaks here and there. And you get the obligatory “deer season outlook” stories every year with the standard game agency quotes. But the biggest issue is the disconnect between the people who are making the decisions (DNR’s, legislators, state administrations, etc.) and hunters. Ironically, hunters are the ones who pay for the entire management plan, and do the actual work of game management. Hopefully, media will have the balls to start bringing more of this to light.
This article also goes to show you that many states have the same issues we have in IL, but with slight differences. In the Iowa example, at least they have biologists who are wanting to grow the deer herd, but are being blocked by their governor.
Every deer hunter in IL needs to read this and personally hand-deliver a copy of it to their local legislator.